1. Guests Come First
Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your guests. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s really not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, Wedding DJ, Band, Photo Booth, and dance floor.
2. Take It One Step at a Time
Put together a wedding planning schedule and do things one by one, in a logical order, so you don’t take on too much too fast and end up with everything snowballing around you. Don’t hire any vendors before you’ve confirmed your date; don’t design your cake before you’ve envisioned your flowers, and don’t book a band before you’ve settled on a space.
Honestly, I’d think carefully about offering these. They are often forgotten and left abandoned on the guest tables at the end of the wedding night. You may prefer to spend your wedding budget on something far more important.
4. Get Organized
You can use checklists, spreadsheets, Word/Google Docs—anything, really—as long as you have all your thoughts, budgets, numbers, etc. in one place. There are also some great programs/apps out there that can keep you organized.
5. Choose Your Wedding Party
Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are there for emotional and tactical support through your wedding planning process. Choose friends and family you can trust and who you truly want standing next to you during this monumental occasion.
6. Use Suppliers You’re Comfortable With
Build a team of people you really vibe well with. They should have a good sense of your vision and you should be able to trust them to execute it well. Make sure they appreciate your business so you don’t feel bad when you inevitably have to call and ask questions!
7. Add A Personal Touch
With all of the wedding traditions that people tell you that you should have at your wedding, be sure to plan in some personal traditions too. If your family has any wedding traditions that they’ve done in the past, or if there is something you want to start for future generations, don’t be afraid to give your wedding a personal touch.
8. Create a Schedule of Events
Create a schedule for the run-of-show at your wedding. Include things like when vendors will arrive, when the ceremony will be, when the first dance will happen, when the cake will be cut, etc. Be sure to give a copy to your DJ, photographer, maid of honor, and anyone else that should be in the know.
9. Say Thanks
Gratitude goes a long way. You should always arrange for small gifts for your wedding party and anyone else who played a big role in your planning process. Don’t forget mom and dad!
10. Have Fun!
What will guests notice most? A stressed-out bride and groom! Be sure to have fun on your wedding day and truly enjoy the moment.
Here at Invite Events based in Hampshire, covering Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, and surrounding areas we make sure every service is of the highest quality. If you need any advice or are interested in our services contact us today.
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I contacted these guys really last minute when I had been let down by other hire company, nothing was a problem for this company and the light up letters provided were brilliant. Arrived and collected on time without having to chase, well done Invite Events.Linda Barnes Giant LED 50 Numbers x 2 & FIFTY Letters
Really well done!
They kept the party going all night, the set up looked really nice and all of our guests had an amazing time!
I defiantly recommend Invite-Events if you are planning a party.
Arrived early. Set up perfectly. Had amazing communication throughout booking and on the. The Magic Mirror went down a storm with our staff and our DJ played all the hits! Would highly recommend and will use again.Ice Cleaning Corporate Event 22nd November 2019
I held a Masonic Ladies night at the Village Hotel Portsmouth 25th Sept 2021. Easy to book the event for 2020 and subsequently re-booked for 2021 with no hassle. Good communication and value. Sent a list of songs I wanted play prior to the night. Music played was perfect for the event and we had a busy dance floor till the early hours. No hesitation in recommending!Matthew Burrell Professional DJ Service
Wedding Reception Compton Village Hall 22nd July 2017
We were really impressed with the DJ. The music was really good and pitched just right for our wedding. He was helpful , courteous and accommodating which made our made our evening run smoothly. Thank you John.Erica and James
Wedding Reception Private Marquee 24th June 2017
Amazing DJ for our wedding. Day couldn’t have gone better. Highly recommended.Ali and Andrew
Thank you Jon for a top, top night and certainly one we all will remember. First of all he’s a top bloke, goes out his way to make sure he knows what you want and very easy to get on with.
The ‘Magic Mirror’ went down a storm and left the guests with great souvenirs. Also the album given to us at the end, with all the images and comments left was a lovely touch. The two helpers at the ‘Magic Mirror’ were lovely and polite also very patient with the guests who by then had a few to drink.
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him and guests have already asked for his details. Thanks once again Jon.Mr & Mrs Platt 14/05/2019
Wedding Reception 5th August 2017
I hired a DJ for my wedding on the 5th August and although timings were wrong he arrived early – better early than late! The DJ was very polite and was happy to wait around until we could organize space for him to set up. He played a selection of songs and took requests. Songs requested where not your usual wedding songs but he was still happy to play them which is good considering my husband is a keen rapper. Overall, if I had to hire a DJ again I would definitely contact them! Thank you for making the day extra special!Cathleen
Would like to say a huuuge thank you to John for being our dj at our wedding reception, he was very helpful when we met him and really listened to what we wanted. He done an amazing job he really worked with the crowd and not once was there a song playing without anyone dancing, you can see it’s not just a job for him but generally really enjoys doing it, would highly recommend! And have even recommended to someone I know getting married xx
Thank you again!! XxKaylee Read
John was very knowledgeable and helpful from beginning to end. From our first phone call we realised that he was very experienced. He met us at home to discuss our ideas and iron out a few details. Including how to deal with the venues sound limiter!
The up lighting was a fantastic addition to our venue during the day and evening. It transformed the room to give it a little extra colour and ambience. They were wireless and so could be placed anywhere, which helped a lot as our venue didn’t have many power sockets!
The photo booth was a fun part of our evening- although I wouldn’t recommend wearing green else you might disappear into the background! They provided a lovely book for guests to put copies of their photos with a message which was a lovely touch!
As for the disco. The dance floor was rarely empty! We had the chance to make suggestions which gave John a good idea as to what type of party we were, but he was great at reading the room and playing songs which kept the mood high.
We would definitely recommend John and his team for you wedding!
Wedding Reception Andy & Lorna DJ Service Gatton Hall Surrey 5th August 2017
Thank you so much, you were all amazing. Everyone loved the Magic Mirror and the music was awesome. We all had a great night so many thanks again.Lorna and Andrew
Wedding Reception DJ Service Mr & Mrs Hamilton 5th August 2017
We used invitation entertainment for our evening wedding reception. Everyone enjoyed the evening and loved the music. Can highly recommend!Mrs Hamilton
Simon’s 50th Birthday Party Eastleigh Football Club 22nd July 2017
Used Invitations Entertainment for my 50th birthday party ..
I was very impressed with the professional service i received , my guests and friends all gave me good feedback and were entertained and danced the whole night long …I would definitely recommend Invitations Entertainment and will certainly use them again in the future !! Thank you John so much for making my party a massive hit with everyone !!!
Had Matt Croft DJ my birthday last Saturday he was awesome!! He smashed it and majority of my friends said it was the Best party they’ve been to!Ollie Paget
We used this company for our wedding reception, John is an absolute diamond, he was amazing from booking him to finishing at the wedding reception. He gives it 100%, you will not be disappointed, Fantastic he really is. Well done and thank you for making our reception one to remember, mr and mrs Nother xxBecky Nother
John helped make my party brilliant.
I know what I like and he took that on board. We worked it out together.
I hired the Magic Mirror for my wedding on the 1st April 2018. The service was brilliant – very professional in the run up to the wedding and on the day. The Magic Mirror was a great hit for guests as they got to keep the photos as did we! It was lovely to have a copy of all the photos taken! The quality of the Magic Mirror was exceptional! A great selection of props and it was interactive – which the kids loved! A great way to capture the evening of the wedding. So glad we chose Invitations Entertainment – highly recommended to friends and family!! Thank you!
Durand Lowe 4th April 2018 John and his team provided a great evenings entertainment, DJ service, love lights, magic mirror and dancing on the clouds (brilliant effect for our first dance) for our wedding. Very professional and friendly. Would 100 % recommend you book invitations for your event.Katie Gilbrook